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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are located outside the United Kingdom. (137079)

[pursuant to the reply, 21 May 2007, Official Report, c. 1047W]: The figure of 15,220 armed forces personnel deployed on operations outside the UK was incorrect for which I apologise. The correct answer should read;

As at 30 April 2007, 15,010 armed forces personnel were deployed on operations outside the UK.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour interval is of (a) 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh, (b) 1st Battalion the Scots Guards, (c) 19th Regiment Royal Artillery, (d) 5th Regiment Royal Artillery and (e) 39th Regiment Royal Artillery. (137348)

[pursuant to the reply, 18 May 2007, Official Report, c. 981-82W]: The table provided was incorrect and should have read as follows:

The recent average tour intervals for the Army units listed are provided in the following table:

Regiment

Operational deployments

Tour interval (months)

Date

Average (months)

1st Battalion the Royal Welsh

Unit deployed to:

Northern Ireland (June to November 2001)

29

December 2001 to April 2004

18

Iraq (May to October 2004)

10

November 2004 to August 2005

Northern Ireland (September 2005 to January 2006) Theatre Reserve Battalion (May 2007 to May 2008)

15

February 2006 to April 2007

1st Battalion the Scots Guards

Unit deployed to:

Northern Ireland (May to November 2001)

35

December 2001 to October 2004

30

Iraq (November 2004 to April 2005)

124

May 2005 to May 2007

19th Regiment Royal Artillery

Unit deployed to:

Iraq (May to November 2005) Afghanistan (May to October 2007)

17

December 2005 to April 2007

17

39th Regiment Royal Artillery

Unit deployed to:

Northern Ireland (November 2002 to May 2003) Cyprus (October 2006 to April 2007)

40

June 2003 to September 2006

40

Now deploying as subunits in support of operations

5th Regiment Royal Artillery

Deployed as subunits in support of operations to Operation Telic, Operation Herrick and Northern Ireland

n/a

n/a

n/a

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All tour intervals are calculated by units rather than subunits. We are unable to calculate tour intervals for 5th Regiment Royal Artillery.